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The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council announces a call for proposals by Individual Artists. Online applications will be available throughout June with a July 1 submission deadline.

SEMAC, a non-profit arts agency, is designated by the State of Minnesota Arts Board as the regional arts council for 11 southeastern Minnesota counties, including Winona, Wabasha and Houston counties.

To encourage the development of entirely original artistic works, SEMAC offers two distinct grants for individual artists: Advancing artist grants recognize, reward and encourage outstanding individual artists and provide some financial support to enable them to continue their work. Emerging artist grants offer small but critical support for specific projects by developing artists from all disciplines who are committed to advancing their work.

Proposals will be accepted from individual artists who are 18 or older, not currently enrolled in high school, and are full-time residents of the SEMAC region. The maximum amount for advancing artists is $5,000. The maximum amount for emerging artists is $2,500. No matching funds are required.

For information about the grant application process, eligibility or grant writing assistance, contact the SEMAC office at 2778 D Commerce Dr NW, Rochester, MN 55901 or call 507-281-4848. Information may also be found on the website at www.semac.org.

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